A Potted History Of Great Doddington

People with pram walking in the High Street. This part was once called Upper End c1900

People with pram walking in the High Street. This part was once called Upper End c1900

Great Doddington lies in the Nene Valley with Wilby, Earls Barton, Wollaston and the town of Wellingborough as its near neighbours. The Hardwater Mill is a picturesque bonus to the village and can be seen on the Wollaston Road.
According to the Domesday Book, Countess Judith a niece of William the Conqueror and the widow of the Danish-Saxon Earl Waltheof is shown as holding most of the land in these parts. From the Domesday Commissioners report we know that in the century before the conquest, Doddington was made up chiefly of four farms each with 120 acres. For many years most of the village was owned by the Earl of Northampton who sold land and cottages to villagers in 1919.  During the 19th and 20th Centuries there were five main farms namely, Manor Farm, Grove Farm, The Farm, Top Farm and Glebe Farm which included land bought from The Church of England in 1918.
Today the population is about 1200 with around 520 houses. Many of the buildings hold a Grade II listing with the Manor House (Old Vicarage) a Grade I listing.

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